Out with super-thin hoop earrings and elegant, dainty gold chains à la Connell from Normal People. In with massive jewellery that weighs as much as a weekly Tesco shop and necklaces that have more charms hanging off them than Pandora have in their entire repertoire.
In keeping with a seemingly unshakeable Y2K fashion revival (see: bejewelled trucker hats, garish Juicy Couture tracksuits and archive Instagram accounts charting Paris Hilton et al’s best ‘fits), in 2022, sartorial maximalism has bled into accessories, as designers eschew clean, minimalist jewellery in favour of massive, kitschy, brash pieces.
Last year, plastic fantastic rings were all the rage, as brands like La Manso, Blobb and Bea Bongiasca made their way onto our fingers in all their resin, lucite and sculptural glory. But things have ramped up a fair bit since then. Now, the answer to injecting a bit of fantasy into your get-up lies in wearing jewellery that embraces industrial clutter, excess and, well, loudness. The best way to wear it? All at once, obviously.
With that in mind, behold: THE FACE’s list of next-gen designers leading the charge against basic, no-frills jewellery, providing some much-needed escapism from our bleak reality. Expect statement jewels, stand-out bling and plenty of attitude. Go big and bold, or go home…